The Kosi Bay Nature Reserve lies on the coast in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal and surrounds the unique and beautiful Kosi Bay lake system.
This system consists of four lakes and a series of inter connecting channels which eventually drain via a sandy estuary into the Indian ocean. It is home to a large variety of birds and animals including hippos and crocs.
The 11 000-hectare, 30-km-long reserve is a tropical paradise of limpid blue water and marshland, raffia, wild date and lala palm, mangrove swamp and sycamore fig forest that combine to provide a home for around 250 kinds of bird, among them fish eagle and palmnut vulture, whitebacked and night heron, and purple and reed kingfisher.
Hippo and crocodile bask in and around the lakes; fish teem beneath their surfaces; and bush-buck, duiker and monkey inhabit the forested parts.
Humpback whales can be seen off the beaches on their northerly migration to calve in Mozambique and in December and January loggerhead and leatherback turtles come onto the beaches to lay their eggs in carefully prepared nests.
This is the most pristine lake system on the South African Coast.
Accommodation in Kosi Bay is available in the village and surrounding areas:
Kosi Forest Lodge
Luxury 16 bed lodge with thatched bush suites are hidden in the sand forest. The rooms are raised on a wooden deck with a beautifully appointed bedroom, balcony, dressing room and separate bath and shower. The romantic en-suite bathroom is open-air in a reed-enclosed boma.
Rocktail Beach Camp
South of Kosi Bay towards Sodwana offering perhaps the most private beach experience in South Africa on 40 kilometres of unspoilt, undeveloped and pristine coastline.
Ten wood and thatch "treehouse" chalets & a Family Room are raised up on stilts into the forest canopy.
Thonga Beach Lodge
This 24-bed luxury lodge, situated at Mabibi near Lake Sibaya south of Kosi Bay, offers you one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent with coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches.